How instructors are using a liquid syllabus to foster trust and humanize the course experience


Rather than using a traditional syllabus model, Steven M Baule (Winona State University) encourages instructors to create a “liquid syllabus” for their class. The goal of a liquid syllabus, Baule writes, is to provide “an open, equitable, and humanizing introduction to the course” and foster trust between students and the instructor. This syllabus should include the fundamental information included in a traditional syllabus, as well as non-traditional elements such as a welcoming video from the instructor, links to various institutional supports, and interactive features like an open comment widget or discussion forum. Baule encourages designers to ensure the liquid syllabus is accessible on mobile devices. Baule concludes by sharing links to examples of liquid syllabi from different US universities.

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